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Table of Contents 

Introduction to Missouri Waterfowl Hunting 3 

201 2-201 3 Waterfowl Hunting Outlook 3 

Duck and Habitat Status 4 

Duck Season Information 5 

Canada Goose Season Information 7 

When Hunting From a Boat 9 

Permits and Stamps 10 

Bag Limits for Ducks, Geese and Coots 12 

Light Goose Conservation Order 13 

Youth Waterfowl-Hunting Days 14 

Falconry Season for Ducks and Coots 14 

Managed Waterfowl-Hunting Areas 16 

Zone Boundaries 18 

Federal Regulations Summary 20 

Tips for Shooting Nontoxic Shot 23 

Waterfowl Identification 24 

Conservation Department Contact Information 30 

Sunrise/Sunset Table 31 

201 2-201 3 Season Dates 32 



What's New in 2012-2013? 

■ Hunters now may harvest up to four scaup daily. (The daily limit was two 
scaup during the 201 1-2012 season.) 

■ The Middle Zone Youth Waterfowl Season will open one week before the 
regular Middle Zone season. 

■ Hunters wishing to reserve a Conservation Department disabled- 
accessible blind must present a Hunting Method Exemption at the time 
of check-in. See Page 16. 

■ Grand Pass, Eagle Bluffs and Otter Slough conservation areas will con- 
tinue using the Quick Draw system to award hunting spots. See Page 1 6. 



Note: According to rule 3 CSR 10-5.216 of the Wildlife Code, if you have 
been convicted of multiple or major violations of the Wildlife Code in the 
past five years, the Conservation Commission may consider suspending or 
revoking your hunting, trapping and/or fishing privileges regardless of any 
previous court action. The point system the Commission uses to assess 
Wildlife Code violations is explained at mdc.mo.gov/node/ 16861. 



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Introduction to Missouri Waterfowl Hunting 

Missouri waterfowl hunters now have more days and more places to hunt 
than ever. Waterfowlers can hunt eight straight months beginning with teal 
season in September and concluding with the end of the Light Goose Con- 
servation Order in April. 

In the past 25 years, federal and state agencies, conservation organiza- 
tions and concerned citizens have restored more than 30,000 acres of 
public wetlands and more than 120,000 acres of private wetlands— a small 
portion of the 87 percent of wetlands lost in Missouri. Because of these 
efforts, today's waterfowlers can hunt such varied habitats as shallow- 
flooded wetlands, flooded crop fields, dry crop fields, flooded timber, rivers, 
ponds and reservoirs. 



201 2-201 3 Waterfowl Hunting Outlook 

Despite record-high waterfowl populations, hunter expectations should be 
tempered due to impacts from a historical drought. In nearly 80 years, Mis- 
souri has not experienced the length and severity of drought and heat that 
was experienced from May to August this year. Throughout the state, drought 
limited crop production and natural food production. Without significant pre- 
cipitation, naturally flooded wetlands will be scarce, and pumping capabili- 
ties will be limited on many public and private wetlands. Duck hunting could 
improve dramatically, however, if Missouri receives adequate rain this fall. 

Canada goose hunters should keep an eye on weather to the north. 
Severe winter conditions will spur migrations of Canada geese into Mis- 
souri. Although snow geese continue to be abundant, fewer young in the 
population this year could result in more difficult hunting. 

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Status of Habitat on the Breeding Grounds 

Although the breeding grounds were somewhat drier in 2012 than during 
the exceptionally wet spring of 2011, ducks continued to have fair to good 
nesting habitat throughout much of their breeding range. Wetland numbers 
were down 32 percent from 2011, but remained 9 percent above the long- 
term average. The number of wetlands in Prairie Canada remained 
13 percent above the long-term average, while the number of wetlands in 
the north-central United States dropped to levels similar to the long-term 
average. Brood-rearing habitat remained good, but smaller wetlands were 
drying in late summer, especially in the north-central United States. Over- 
all, the stage is set for good duck production in 2012. 

Duck Status 

This year's estimate of 48.6 million ducks is 7 percent above the 2011 
estimate and 43 percent above the long-term average. In fact, for the 
second year in a row, this year's estimate is the highest since surveys 
began in 1955. 

■ Mallard numbers are 15 percent higher than 2011 and 40 percent higher 
than their long-term average. 

■ Blue-winged teal and shovelers are at record highs and are 94 and 111 
percent, respectively, above their long-term averages. 

■ Green-winged teal rebounded from a decline in their numbers in 2010 and 
are now 74 percent above their long-term average. 

■ Gadwalls and redheads are at near-record levels with their populations 
96 and 89 percent above their long-term averages. 

■ Scaup numbers increased 21 percent above the 2011 estimate and are 
similar to their long-term average. 

■ Pintail numbers decreased 22 percent from 2011 and are now 14 percent 
below their long-term average. 

■ Wigeon numbers are similar to 2011 and are 17 percent below their long- 
term average. 



Adaptive Harvest Management 

The federal Adaptive Harvest Management Program provides for a 60-day sea- 
son with a six-duck daily bag limit in 201 2-201 3 for the 1 6th consecutive year. 
Each year's regulation recommendation is based on the status of the mallard 
breeding population and the condition of prairie ponds in Canada. A three- 
tiered package of open seasons includes liberal (60 days), moderate (45 days) 
and restrictive (30 days) options. For more information, go to: 
www.flyways.us/regulations-and-harvest/adaptive-harvest-management. 



Long-Term Concerns about Waterfowl Habitat 

Despite unprecedented numbers of waterfowl, biologists and managers are 
concerned about long-term prospects. In 2012, the United States, Canada 
and Mexico revised the North American Waterfowl Management Plan to 
become more responsive to the accelerated pace and magnitude of land- 
use and ecosystem changes. While scientists continue to identify potential 
impacts of climate change on waterfowl populations, biologists already 
recognize threats posed by current land-use changes. In Canada, wetlands 
have minimal protection and continue to be drained. In the Prairie Pothole 
Region of the United States, there is a rapid loss and degradation of habitat 
due to a reduction of land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program 
(CRP), the conversion of native grasslands to croplands, and increased 
draining of wetlands. For example, CRP acres in North Dakota declined 
from 3.4 million in 2007 to 2.4 million in 2012. Based on the latest CRP 
enrollment, North Dakota is expected to lose an additional 650,000 acres. 
Waterfowl populations will always fluctuate as wetlands cycle through 
wet and dry periods. But the ability of waterfowl to rebound from popula- 
tion declines during dry years depends on quality habitat being available 
during wet years. Without addressing the increasing pace and magnitude of 
land-use and ecosystem changes, it's uncertain how long we will be able to 
sustain the level of waterfowl populations and hunting opportunity we have 
enjoyed during the past decade. 

Duck Hunters Help Establish 
Missouri's Duck Seasons 

Every five years, the Conservation Department conducts an extensive 
review of hunter preferences regarding zone boundaries and season dates. 
The last review occurred in 2011; the next is scheduled for 2015. In 2011, 
the Department contacted 10,000 migratory bird permit holders to complete 
an in-depth opinion survey and hosted 16 workshops attended by more 
than 300 people. Based on this hunter input, the Department developed 
formulas to set season dates and modified the South Zone boundary in two 
locations. Prior to the next major review in 2015, the Department will con- 
tinue to track changes in harvest, hunter participation, hunter satisfaction 
and season timing preferences through annual hunter surveys. By limit- 
ing changes to every five years, the Department hopes to avoid reacting to 
single-year events and allow hunters time to experience existing zones and 
season dates under a variety of weather conditions. 



Duck Season Date Formulas 

Missouri's duck season opening dates are set according to the formulas 
listed in the table below. This allows hunters to make plans further in 
advance. Previously, hunters had to wait until late August to find out the 
timing of duck season. Now, hunters can determine season dates in late 
July, as soon as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces whether the 
upcoming season will be liberal (60 days), moderate (45 days) or restrictive 
(30 days). 



Duck Season Opening Dates 


Zone 


Liberal (60 Days) 


Moderate (45 Days) 


Restrictive (30 Days) 


North 


Last Saturday 
in October 


1st Saturday 
in November 


2nd Saturday 
in November 


Middle 


1st Saturday in 
November 


2nd Saturday 
in November 


3rd Saturday 
in November 


South 


Thanksgiving Day 


1st Saturday 
in December 


2nd Saturday 
in December 



Hunters' Opinions About Split Seasons 

In late 2011, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offered states two additional 
waterfowl season options: four hunting zones with no split season and 
three hunting zones with a split season. (A split season opens for an initial 
segment, closes for a period, then reopens for a second segment.) Missouri 
hunters expressed little interest in adding a fourth hunting zone, and sur- 
veys indicated that hunters had different opinions about if and when a split 
should occur. 

In the North and Middle zones, approximately 40 percent of hunters 
preferred a continuous season as in years past. In both zones, a split season 
that closed during the first week of the firearms deer season was the sec- 
ond most popular option, preferred by 21 and 30 percent of North Zone and 
Middle Zone hunters respectively. In the South Zone, 49 percent of hunters 
preferred a split season that was open during the four-day Thanksgiving 
holiday, closed for a period of time, and then reopened to run as late as the 
federal framework would allow. Fifty-one percent of South Zone hunters, 
however, preferred season dates similar to previous years or a split season 
that would provide even earlier hunting opportunities. 

Given the lack of consensus for when a split season should occur, the 
option most favored by hunters was to maintain the current, continuous- 
season date formulas established in 2011. 



Scaup Bag Limit Increases to Four 

Healthy scaup populations have resulted in a daily bag limit increase from 
two to four This marks the first year since 1998 the scaup bag limit will be 
more than three birds. This year's population estimate of 5.2 million was 
the highest scaup estimate since 1991. Scaup are an early season migrant 
through Missouri. In 2011, approximately 2,000 scaup were harvested in 
the state. 



Canada Geese in Missouri 

Three populations of Canada geese occur in Missouri during the fall 
and winter: 

■ Eastern Prairie Population (EPP) Canada geese nest along Hudson Bay. 

■ Migrant giant Canada geese nest in Manitoba, Minnesota and Iowa. 

■ Resident giant Canada geese live in Missouri year-round. 

Giant Canada geese migrating from Manitoba, Minnesota and Iowa make 
up the largest portion (about 40 percent) of Missouri's harvest each year. 
Giant Canada goose populations from areas north of Missouri continue to 
grow, and production in 2012 is expected to be above average. Roughly 
25 percent of Missouri's harvest is made up of EPP Canada geese, and their 
population numbers are lower than in recent years. About 30 percent of 
Missouri's harvest is made up of Missouri's resident giant Canada geese. 
Although commonly seen, Missouri's resident goose population is small 
compared to populations in other states. For example, Missouri's spring 
2012 estimate of 58,600 breeding geese was nearly seven times smaller than 
Minnesota's estimate of 434,000. After reaching a peak population of 77,000 
in 2000, Missouri's resident population has been stable at about 55,000, 
and this year production was average. Each population must be considered 
when setting season regulations in Missouri. 




The Eastern Prairie 
Population comprises 
about 262,500 geese. 



Migrant giant 
Canada geese from 
Manitoba, Minnesota 
and Iowa consist of 
about 641,000 birds. 



Missouri's resident 
Canada geese 
consist of about 
58,600 birds. 





Canada geese 



Missouri's Canada Goose Season 

Missouri's Canada goose season structure provides easy-to-follow regula- 
tions, more days of hunting and larger bag limits than offered in recent his- 
tory. Hunters who like to stretch out their waterfowl season can take advan- 
tage of the early Canada goose season. Hunters who enjoy combining duck 
and goose hunting can take advantage of concurrent seasons in Decem- 
ber and early January. Late-season hunting is provided by a season that 
remains open through Jan. 31— as late as the federal framework allows. At 
one time, Canada goose hunters had to keep track of season dates for three 
segments within five different zones and bag limits that differed among sea- 
son segments. Now, Missouri has a statewide season consisting of only two 
segments with the same daily bag limit throughout. 

Support Waterfowl and Wetland Conservation 

Help ensure abundant waterfowl, healthy wetlands and a thriving water- 
fowl hunting tradition exist for future generations. Join a conservation orga- 
nization to work with other hunters and conservationists. Consider buying 
an extra duck stamp to support the purchase of additional wetland habitat. 
Perpetuate the tradition of waterfowl hunting by mentoring a new hunter. 
Please get involved! 



When Hunting From a Boat 

■ If you are using a boat with a motor, including a layout boat, special state 
statutes apply. For details, visit mswp.dps.mo.gov. 

■ Leave a detailed float plan with family or friends. 

■ Check the weather forecast. High winds can be dangerous. 

■ Don't overload the boat. 

■ Load gear low in the boat and distribute the weight evenly. 

■ Wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket at all times. 

■ If using chest waders, wear a belt to keep them from filling with water. 

■ Carry a throwable flotation device in case someone falls overboard. 

■ Transport firearms with the action open, unloaded and cased. 

■ At the first sign of a storm, head for shore. 

If your boat swamps or capsizes: 

■ Stay with the boat, and use distress signals. 

■ To retain body heat, pull your knees to your chest and keep your elbows 
to your sides. 

■ To help you stay afloat, place an oar under your knees and another 
behind your back. 

■ If decoys are in reach, stuff them inside your jacket. 




Help Stop Zebra Mussels 

Zebra mussels have been found in several lakes and 
rivers in Missouri. Although less than 2 inches long, 
these exotics: 

■ Disrupt native aquatic animals and communities 

■ Clog the cooling systems of boat motors causing them to overheat 

■ Plug intake pipes, cutting off water supplies to cities and power plants 

■ Ruin beaches with their sharp shells and rotting carcasses 

■ Spread quickly — a single female can produce 1 million eggs a year 

When moving from one water body to another: 
Clean, Drain and Dry! 

■ Clean all plants, animals and mud from your boat, putting plants and 
other debris in the trash. Thoroughly wash your boat and gear in hot water, 
especially crevices and other hidden areas. 

■ Drain all water from your boat, decoys and equipment before leaving the 
water body. 

■ Dry your boat completely before launching it in other waters. 

Report sightings to Invasive Species Coordinator, PO Box 180, Jefferson City, 
MO 65102-0180, or call 573-522-4 1 15, ext 3371. Save several mussel shells for 
identification by placing them in rubbing alcohol or by freezing them. 



Permit and Stamp Requirements 

Tb pursue, take, possess and transport ducks, coots and geese in Missouri, 
except during the Light Goose Conservation Order, a hunter must possess 
and carry the following, unless exempt: 

1) Missouri permit 1 to hunt small game is required of: 

■ Missouri residents age 16 through 64 

■ Nonresidents age 16 and older 

An annual permit is available to residents for $10 and nonresidents for 
$80 from any permit vendor A daily permit is also available to nonresi- 
dents from any permit vendor for $11 per day. 

Exemption: Missouri resident landowners hunting on their own land 
do not need a Missouri small game hunting permit, but the Missouri 
Migratory Bird Hunting Permit and federal duck stamp are required 
(see below). 

2) Missouri Migratory Bird Hunting Permit 1 is required of: 

■ Residents and nonresidents age 16 and over 

This permit is available for $6 from any permit vendor. Purchase of 
this permit satisfies requirements for Migratory Game Bird Harvest 
Registration. 

3) Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp is 
required of: 

■ Residents and nonresidents age 16 and over 

To be valid, the Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp 
(duck stamp) must be signed in ink across the face. The stamps are 
available for $15 at U.S. Post Offices and some permit vendors. 

Permit Requirements for Hunters Younger Than 1 6 

Resident and nonresident hunters age 15 and younger are not required to 
purchase any permits in Missouri to hunt ducks, coots or geese during the 
regular season or light geese during the Conservation Order, but they must: 

■ Hunt in the immediate presence of a properly licensed adult hunter age 
1 8 or older who has a valid hunter-education card or was born before 
Jan. 1, 1967; 

■ Or possess a valid hunter-education card. 

Note: During the Youth Waterfowl-Hunting Days youth hunters must be in 
the immediate presence of an adult. See Page 14. 



1 All hunters born on or after Jan. 1, 1967, must complete an approved hunter-education 
program and display their card before purchasing any firearms hunting permit. 

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Who may purchase resident permits? 

■ Any person who does not claim resident privileges in another state or 
country, and whose actual residence and legal permanent home address 
are both in Missouri, and have been for at least 30 days before applying 
for the permit. Owning real estate or attending a Missouri school does not 
in itself make you a legal resident. 

■ Missouri residents employed by the United States in the District of 
Columbia or serving in the U.S. armed forces. (Immediate family mem- 
bers who reside with them also may purchase resident permits.) 

■ All members of the U.S. armed forces residing in Missouri on permanent 
change-of-station status and immediate family members residing with them. 

■ Any honorably discharged military veteran having a service-related dis- 
ability of 60 percent or greater, or who was a prisoner of war during mili- 
tary service; must carry a certified statement of eligibility from the U.S. 
Department of Veterans Affairs while hunting or purchasing permits. 

■ Any member of the U.S. military currently assigned as a patient to a 
Warrior Transition Brigade, Warrior Transition Unit or a military medi- 
cal center; must carry orders showing assignment to a Warrior Transition 
Brigade, Warrior Transition Unit or admissions verification to a military 
medical center while hunting or purchasing permits. 

■ Nonresidents who are registered students attending a public or private 
secondary, postsecondary or vocational school in Missouri and who live 
in Missouri while attending school; must carry evidence of a Missouri 
residence and student status while hunting. Note: Nonresident students 
who qualify for resident permits must purchase them at Conservation 
Department offices. 

■ Immigrants who possess an 1-551 Resident Alien Card and who do not 
claim resident privileges in another state or country, and whose actual 
residence and legal permanent home address are both in Missouri, and 
have been for at least 30 days before purchasing a permit. 

Where to Purchase Permits 

Purchase Missouri small game hunting permits and the Missouri Migratory 
Bird Hunting Permit: 

■ Over the counter from any permit vendor. Buy early to avoid long lines. 

■ By telephone at 800-392-4115. Use your credit card, and pay a $2 sur- 
charge. Allow 10 days for delivery. 

■ Online anytime using the e-Permits System at mdc.mo.gov/epermits. 
Use your credit card, and pay a $1 surcharge. Print your permit at home 
and have it in hand immediately. 

Purchase the Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp 
(duck stamp) at U.S. Post Offices and selected permit vendors. 

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Apprentice Hunter Authorization 

Hunters age 16 and older who are not hunter-education certified may hunt 
with firearms, as long as they: 

■ First purchase an Apprentice Hunter Authorization, 

■ Then purchase permits for the season they want to hunt, 

■ And hunt in the immediate presence of a properly licensed adult age 

18 or older who has a valid hunter-education certificate card or was born 
before Jan. 1, 1967. 

Note: The Apprentice Hunter Authorization by itself does not allow you 
to hunt. It only allows those who have not completed a hunter-education 
course to purchase firearms permits. The Apprentice Hunter Authorization 
can be purchased for no more than two years. 

Ducks and Coots 

Shooting Hours: 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset 
Season Dates: See table on the back cover. 
Limits: 

Coots 15 daily and 30 in possession 

Ducks: The daily bag limit of ducks is 6 and may include no more than: 

Mallards 4, but no more than 2 females 

New! Scaup 4 

Wood ducks 3 

Hooded mergansers 2 

Pintails 2 

Redheads 2 

Black ducks 1 

Canvasbacks 1 

Mottled ducks 1 

The possession limit of ducks is 12 (twice the daily bag limit; varies by 
species.) 

Geese 

Shooting Hours: 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset 

Season Dates: See table on the back cover. 

Limits: 

The daily bag limits of geese are: 

Snow, blue and Ross's (all species combined) 20 

Canada 3 

White-fronted 2 

Brant 1 

The possession limits of geese are twice the daily bag limits, except there 

is no possession limit for snow, blue and Ross's geese. 



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Light Goose Conservation Order: Feb. 1 -April 30 

A Light Goose Conservation Order will be in effect for the 15th consecutive 
year during spring 2013. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service implemented 
this Conservation Order to reduce numbers of snow (including their blue 
color phase) and Ross's geese because the geese have rapidly increased in 
number and are causing damage to portions of the fragile arctic tundra. 
The Conservation Order will be in effect from Feb. 1 -April 30 with no bag 
limit. Hunters may use electronic calls and unplugged shotguns and shoot 
from 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset. 

Permit Requirement for Conservation Order 

During the Conservation Order residents and nonresidents age 16 and older 
only need a Conservation Order Permit to chase, pursue and take snow, 
blue and Ross's geese. This permit costs $5 for residents and $40 for non- 
residents. Hunters with either a Resident Lifetime Conservation Partner 
Permit or a Resident Lifetime Small Game Hunting Permit do not need 
to purchase a Conservation Order Permit. See Page 10 for permit require- 
ments for hunters age 15 and younger. 

Note: A Missouri small game hunting permit, Missouri Migratory Bird 
Hunting Permit and federal duck stamp are not required during the Conser- 
vation Order. 



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Youth Waterfowl-Hunting Days 

In 2012, there are two youth-only waterfowl hunting days in each zone for 
ducks, geese and coots. Youth hunters must be: 

■ Age 1 5 or younger; 

■ Accompanied by an adult 18 years old or older who is not allowed to hunt 
ducks but who can participate in other open seasons. 

No permits are required for youth hunters. If the youth possesses a valid 
hunter-education card, the accompanying adult does not need a permit 
or hunter-education certification. However, if the youth is not hunter- 
education certified, the accompanying adult must be hunter-education 
certified unless they were born before Jan. 1, 1967, and possess a Missouri 
permit to hunt small game or be exempt. 

Shooting Hours: 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset 

Season Dates: See table on the back cover. 

Limits: The daily bag limit for ducks, geese and coots is the same as dur- 
ing the regular waterfowl seasons. Possession limits are twice the daily bag 
limit (varies by species), except there is no possession limit for light geese. 

Falconry Season for Ducks and Coots 

Season Dates and Hunting Hours: 

■ Sept. 8-23 statewide with hunting hours from sunrise to sunset 

■ During youth and regular duck seasons (see back cover for zones and 
dates) with hunting hours 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset 

■ Feb. 10-March 10 statewide with hunting hours 1/2 hour before sunrise 
to sunset 

The daily "bag limit shall not exceed 3 birds (including doves) singly or 
in the aggregate. The possession limit shall not exceed 6 birds (including 
doves) singly or in the aggregate. 



Harvest Survey Needs Your Response 

If you receive a Migratory Bird Harvest Survey in the mail, please complete 
and return it even if you did not hunt or were unsuccessful while afield. The 
information you provide is important and is considered when establishing 
hunting seasons each year. 



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Ever have a lost or forgotten permit spoil your hunting plans? 
Not anymore. The Conservation Department's e-Permits 
System lets you buy online, print your permit at home, and 
have it in hand immediately. You can even reprint the 
permit if you lose or damage it. j^ 

Find out how to use and enjoy e-Permits at 

mdc.mo.gov/epermits 

Then head to your favorite hunting spot! * < 



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Not comfortable with online purchases? You can 
still buy your fishing, hunting and trapping permits 
by phone, at any MDC office or from your usual vendor. 



Managed Waterfowl-Hunting Areas 

The Conservation Department offers managed waterfowl hunting on 
15 conservation areas, which are listed on pages 18 and 19. These inten- 
sively managed wetlands provide waterfowl with much-needed resources 
during migration. Some of these areas have permanent blinds, and others 
provide opportunities for hunters to wade in or hunt from boat blinds. Most 
have disabled-accessible blinds. The Department limits the number of hunt- 
ing parties on these areas to enhance the quality of the hunt and maintain 
the integrity of the resource. There are four ways to obtain a hunting spot 
on a managed waterfowl-hunting area: 

■ Missouri residents may apply online for a reservation, which guarantees 
successful applicants a place to hunt on a specific day at a specific area. 
Applications are accepted from Sept. 1-18. 

■ Missouri residents may use the Quick Draw system at Eagle Bluffs, 
Grand Pass and Otter Slough. Quick Draw, an online draw system, was 
designed to enhance convenience, reduce travel time and expense, and 
offer hunters more flexibility at selected areas. Quick Draw provides 
hunters the option of applying twice a week, once for hunts occurring 
Friday through Monday and once for hunts occurring Tuesday through 
Thursday. Quick Draw begins accepting applications a week before the 
opening of waterfowl season. Hunters who apply and are drawn using 
Quick Draw receive a guaranteed line position for their hunt. To learn 
more, visit mdc.mo.gov/quickdraw. 

■ Residents and nonresidents can hunt with a reservation holder or a suc- 
cessful Quick Draw applicant. Hunting parties are limited to four people. 

■ Residents and nonresidents can arrive at a managed waterfowl-hunting 
area and try their luck in the morning drawing or "poor line." Twenty 
percent of the positions at Quick Draw areas and 50 percent of the posi- 
tions at the remaining areas are set aside for on-site morning drawings. 
The positions of reservation holders and Quick Draw hunters who do not 
show up are also included in the on-site drawing. 

New! Hunters wishing to reserve disabled-accessible blinds must complete 
a Hunting Method Exemption prior to their hunt. For forms and additional 
information, visit mdc.mo.gov/node/9631. 



Report Your Bands: www.reportband.gov 

Bands recovered and reported by hunters provide important information about 
survival, migration, harvest rates and distributions for a variety of migratory 
game birds. To report band numbers from all types of birds (except pigeons), go 
online at www.reportband.gov or call 1 -800-327-BAND (2263). You will receive 
a certificate of appreciation via email and information about the bird. The band is 
yours to keep. 



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How Managed Waterfowl Areas 
Divvy Up Poor-Line Spots 

Walk-in hunters trying their luck in the "poor line" will use the "Every Mem- 
ber Draws" (EMD) procedure at seven managed waterfowl-hunting areas 
(see map on Page 18). At EMD areas, every person in a hunting party draws 
a numbered block or "pill." The party uses its lowest number to determine 
its place in line to pick a hunting spot. On highly used waterfowl areas, the 
EMD system puts more hunters in the marsh by creating an incentive for 
hunters to team with family and friends instead of hunting alone. 

All other conservation areas use the "One Member Draws" (OMD) pro- 
cedure. At OMD areas, one member from each hunting party pulls a pill to 
determine the hunting party's place in line. Areas that use OMD turn fewer 
hunters away and would not benefit from EMD. 

After the pills are drawn, the lowest number gets first choice of the 
available hunting locations, followed by the second-lowest number, and so 
on until all available hunting spots are doled out. On some days, there may 
be more poor-line hunters than hunting locations, so it's possible that not 
everyone in the poor line will get a spot to hunt. 



Online Hunting Reports 

For hunting reports that are updated twice a week, results of waterfowl counts 
conducted every other week and a wealth of other information about waterfowl 
hunting in Missouri, go to: mdc.mo.gov/node/303. 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in collaboration with flyway and state 
waterfowl managers offers a website containing information about waterfowl 
status, monitoring, harvest and regulations. Go to www.flyways.us. 



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Hunting Zones and 

Managed Waterfowl-Hunting Areas 

If you are not a reservation holder or successful Quick Draw applicant, you 
must participate in the daily drawing or hunt with a reservation holder or 
successful Quick Draw applicant. For details, call the phone numbers noted 
after the area names or go to mdc.mo.gov/node/3718. 




^ At areas denoted by a triangle, every member in the party draws for a hunting 
spot. See Page 17. 

# At areas denoted by a circle, one member of the party draws for a hunting 
spot. See Page 1 7. 

Areas denoted in red will use the Quick Draw System. For more information, visit 

mdc.mo.gov/quickdraw. 

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11 B. K. Leach CA (4,307 acres; Lincoln 
County) 573-898-5905. Walk-in 
hunting; water blinds; 1 ADA blind 
(636-441-4554); boats provided 
where needed; 1 p.m. closure. 
Drawing held at Kings Lake Tract off 
Norton Woods Road. 

12 Bob Brown CA A (3,302 acres; 
Holt County) 660-446-2694. Walk-in 
hunting; temporary blinds only; 

1 ADA blind (81 6-271 -31 00); boat 
ramp; camping; permits and stamps; 
1 p.m. closure. 

13 Columbia Bottom CA A (4,318 
acres; St. Louis County) 
314-877-6014. Walk-in hunting; 
temporary blinds only; 1 ADA blind; 
boat ramps at most pools; permits 
and stamps; 1 p.m. closure. 

1 4 Duck Creek CA (7,557 acres; 
Bollinger, Stoddard and Wayne 
counties) 573-222-3337. Walk-in 
hunting; water blinds in timber 
pools; boats provided for timber 
blinds only; camping; permits and 
stamps; 1 p.m. closure in designated 
areas. Note: Water availability may 
cause a delay in flooding Timber 
Pools 2, 3 and 8. 

1 5 Eagle Bluffs CA A (4,440 acres; 
Boone County) 573-445-3882. Walk-in 
hunting; temporary blinds only; 2 
ADA blinds; permits and stamps; 1 
p.m. closure in designated areas. 

16 Fountain Grove CA (7,1 54 acres; 
Linn and Livingston counties) 
660-938-41 24. Walk-in hunting; 
water blinds; 1 ADA blind; boats 
provided for blinds only; boat ramps; 
camping; permits and stamps; 1 p.m. 
closure in designated areas. 

1 7 Four Rivers CA (1 3,929 acres; Vernon 
and Bates counties) 41 7-395-2341 . 
Units 1 and 2 have 8 shooting pools. 
Walk-in hunting; field hunting for 
geese; temporary blinds only; 1 ADA 
blind; boat ramps; camping; permits 
and stamps; open all day. 



18 Grand Pass CA A (5,096 acres; 
Saline County) 660-595-2444. Walk-in 
hunting; temporary blinds only; 

1 ADA blind; boat ramps at most 
pools; camping; permits and stamps; 
1 p.m. closure. 

19 Marais Temps Clair CA A (91 8 acres; 
St. Charles County) 314-877-6014. 
Open to waterfowl hunting Friday- 
Monday only. Walk-in hunting; 1 ADA 
blind; 1 p.m. closure. 

21 Montrose CA (2,750 acres; Henry 
County) 660-693-4666. Water blinds; 
walk-in hunting; 1 ADA blind; boat 
ramp; camping; permits and stamps; 
open all day. 

22 Nodaway Valley CA (3,833 acres; 
Holt and Andrew counties) 
660-446-3371 . Walk-in hunting; water 
blinds; 1 ADA blind (816-271-3100); 
temporary blinds only; boat ramp; 
camping; permits and stamps; 1 p.m. 
closure in designated areas. 

23 Otter Slough CA A (4,866 acres; 
Stoddard County) 573-624-5821. 
Walk-in hunting; field hunting for 
geese; water blinds; temporary blinds 
only; 1 ADA blind; boats provided for 
blinds only; boat ramps; camping; 
permits and stamps; 1 p.m. closure. 

24 Schell-Osage CA (8,633 acres; 
Vernon and St. Clair counties) 
41 7-432-341 4. Walk-in hunting; 
water blinds; 2 ADA blinds; field 
hunting for geese; boat ramp; 
camping; permits and stamps; 

1 p.m. closure in designated areas. 

26 Ted Shanks CA (6,705 acres; Pike 
County) 573-248-2530. Walk-in 
hunting; water blinds; 1 ADA blind; 
boats provided; boat ramp; camping; 
permits and stamps; 1 p.m. closure. 

27 Ten Mile Pond CA A (3,755 acres; 
Mississippi County) 573-649-2770. 
Walk-in hunting; field hunting for 
geese; temporary blinds only; boat 
ramp; federal stamps available, but 
permits are not; open all day. 



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Federal Regulations Summary 

In addition to state regulations, the following federal rules apply to the 
hunting of migratory game birds. Note: This is only a summary. For more 
information, visit www.gpoaccess.gov, where a complete version of Title 
50, Part 20 of the Code of Federal Regulations can be found. When state law 
is different from federal law, hunters must follow the more restrictive law. 

No person shall take migratory game birds: 

■ With a trap, snare, net, rifle, pistol, swivel gun, shotgun larger than 10 
gauge, punt gun, battery gun, machine gun, fish hook, poison, drug, 
explosive or stupefying substance. 

■ With a shotgun capable of holding more than three shells, unless it is 
plugged with a one-piece filler that is incapable of removal without 
disassembling the gun. 

■ From or by means, aid or use of a sink box or any other type of low- 
floating device having a depression affording the hunter a means of 
concealment beneath the surface of the water. 

■ From or by means, aid or use of any motor vehicle, motor-driven land 
conveyance or aircraft of any kind, except that paraplegics and persons 
missing one or both legs may take from any stationary motor vehicle or 
stationary motor-driven land conveyance. 

■ From or by means of any motorboat or other craft having a motor 
attached, or any sailboat, unless the motor has been completely shut off 
and/or the sails furled, and its progress there from has ceased. 

■ By the use or aid of live birds as decoys. All live, tame or captive ducks 
and geese shall be removed for a period of 10 consecutive days prior to 
hunting, and confined within an enclosure which substantially reduces 
the audibility of their calls and totally conceals such tame birds from the 
sight of migratory waterfowl. 

■ By the use or aid of recorded or electrically amplified bird calls or sounds, 
or recorded or electrically amplified imitations of bird calls or sounds. 

■ By means or aid of any motor-driven land, water or air conveyance, or 
any sailboat used for the purpose of or resulting in the concentrating, 
driving, rallying or stirring up of any migratory bird. 

■ By the aid of baiting (placing grain, salt or other feed to constitute a lure 
or attraction), or on or over any baited area, where a person knows or 
reasonably should know that the area is or has been baited. An area is 
considered to be baited for 10 days after the removal of bait. The following 
do not constitute baited areas or baiting: standing crops or flooded 
standing crops; standing, flooded or manipulated natural vegetation; 
flooded harvested croplands; lands where seeds have been scattered solely 
as the result of a normal agricultural planting, harvesting, post-harvest 
manipulation or normal soil stabilization practice; hunting from a blind or 

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other place of concealment that is camouflaged with natural vegetation or 
vegetation from agricultural crops as long as such camouflaging does not 
result in the exposing or scattering of grain. 

WANTON WASTE: No person shall kill or cripple any migratory game bird 
without making a reasonable effort to retrieve the bird, and retain it in one's 
actual custody, at the place where taken or between that place and either 
(a) one's automobile or principal means of land transportation; or (b) one's 
personal abode or temporary or transient place of lodging; or (c) a migratory 
bird preservation facility; or (d) a post office; or (e) a common carrier facility. 

OPENING DAY OF A SEASON: No person on the opening day of the season 
shall possess any freshly killed migratory game birds in excess of the daily 
bag limit or aggregate daily bag limit, whichever applies. 

FIELD POSSESSION LIMIT: No person shall possess, have in custody or 
transport more than the daily bag limit or aggregate daily bag limit, 
whichever applies, of migratory game birds, tagged or not tagged, at or 
between the place where taken and either (a) one's automobile or principal 
means of land transportation; or (b) one's personal abode or temporary or 
transient place of lodging; or (c) a migratory bird preservation facility; or 
(d) a post office; or (e) a common carrier facility. 

TAGGING REQUIREMENTS: No person shall put or leave any migratory 
game birds at any place (other than one's personal abode), or in the custody 
of another person for picking, cleaning, processing, shipping, transportation 
or storage (including temporary storage), or for the purpose of having 
taxidermy services performed, unless such birds have a tag attached, signed 
by the hunter, stating the hunter's address, the total number and species 
of birds, and the date such birds were killed. Migratory game birds being 
transported in any vehicle as the personal baggage of the possessor shall 
not be considered as being in storage or temporary storage. 

CUSTODY OF BIRDS OF ANOTHER: No person shall receive or have in 
custody any migratory game birds belonging to another person unless such 
birds are properly tagged. 

TERMINATION OF POSSESSION: Subject to all other requirements of this 
part, the possession of birds taken by any hunter shall be deemed to have 
ceased when such birds have been delivered by the hunter to another 
person as a gift; or have been delivered by the hunter to a post office, a 
common carrier or a migratory bird preservation facility and consigned for 
transport by the Postal Service or a common carrier to some person other 
than the hunter. 

GIFT OF MIGRATORY GAME BIRDS: No person may receive, possess or give 
to another any freshly killed migratory game birds as a gift, except at the 
personal abodes of the donor or donee, unless such birds have a tag attached, 
signed by the hunter who took the birds, stating such hunter's address, the 
total number and species of birds and the date such birds were taken. 

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TRANSPORTATION OF BIRDS OF ANOTHER: No person shall transport 
migratory game birds belonging to another person unless such birds are 
properly tagged. 

SPECIES IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENT: No person shall transport within 
the United States any migratory game birds, except doves and band-tailed 
pigeons, unless the head or one fully feathered wing remains attached to 
each such bird at all times while being transported from the place where 
taken until they have arrived at the personal abode of the possessor or a 
migratory bird preservation facility. 

MARKING PACKAGE OR CONTAINER: No person shall transport by the 
U.S. Postal Service or a common carrier migratory game birds unless the 
package or container in which such birds are transported has the name 
and address of the shipper and the consignee and an accurate statement 
of the numbers of each species of birds therein contained clearly and 
conspicuously marked on the outside thereof. 

NONTOXIC SHOT: Shot (either in shotshells or as loose shot for 
muzzleloading) possessed or used while hunting waterfowl and coots 
statewide must be approved as nontoxic by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service. As of August 2012, shot types approved as being nontoxic are: 



i Bismuth-tin 

i Copper-clad iron 

i Iron (steel) 

i Iron-tungsten 

i Iron-tungsten-nickel 

i Spectra 

i Tungsten-bronze (two types) 



i Tungsten-iron-copper-nickel 

i Tungsten-iron-polymer 

i Tungsten-matrix 

i Tungsten-polymer 

i Tungsten-tin-bismuth 

i Tungsten-tin-iron 

i Tungsten-tin-iron-nickel 




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Be a better 
hunter: Know 
your effective 
target range 
before the 
season begins! 



Tips for Shooting Nontoxic Shot 

Of the many approved types of nontoxic shot, each 
has its own characteristics and benefits. Some, such 
as steel, are harder, pattern tighter and have more 
pellets in each load than lead shot. Others are more 
expensive, but have characteristics similar to lead. 
Regardless of what you choose, learn how it works 
with your shotgun before heading out to hunt. 

Many hunters underestimate distances and shoot birds out of range. 
Find your effective range with nontoxic shot by shooting at a target 
20 yards away. Once you have that down, increase the distance to your 
target in small increments. This will help you learn to judge distances and 
how far you can effectively shoot before you go hunting. 

To help hunters become more efficient and ethical harvesters of 
waterfowl and other game using nontoxic ammunition, the Conservation 
Department offers "Effective Wingshooting for the Hunter." These 
classes were developed based on peer-reviewed scientific research by the 
Cooperative North American Shotgunning Education Program (CONSEP). 
Certified instructors will teach participants how to choose the correct 
choke, load and shot size for different game, how to estimate shooting 
distances, and how to effectively lead their target. For information, go to 
mdc.mo. gov/node/ 3 710 . 



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Suggested Shot Size Selection for Waterfowl 


Waterfowl 
species 


Minimum 


Typical hunting 
conditions 


Minimum desired 
pattern density 
(hits/30" circle) 


Small/ 

medium 

ducks 


6 steel* 

6 bismuth 

6 tungsten alloy 


3-4 steel 

4-6 bismuth 

4-6 tungsten alloy 


120 


Large ducks 


4 steel 

6 bismuth 

6 tungsten alloy 


2-3 steel 

4 bismuth 

4-6 tungsten alloy 


90 


Small geese 


2 steel 

2 bismuth 

4 tungsten alloy 


1-BB steel 
2 bismuth 
2 tungsten alloy 


60 


Large geese 


2 steel 

2 bismuth 

4 tungsten alloy 


BB-BBB steel 
1-BB bismuth 
2-BB tungsten alloy 


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Close range is less than 35 yards; all shots should be limited to less than 45 yards. 
Velocity on all loads should be a minimum of 1,225 FPS. 

*Note: Small shot (#6) is an excellent choice for finishing wounded waterfowl at 
close range. 



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Duck Identification 



The daily bag limit is 6 ducks with the following species restrictions: 

Mallard ■ 4 in the daily bag, but only 2 hens 

Mallards, or "green heads," are Missouri's most common duck. Hens have a loud quack; 
drakes give a lower-pitched kwek-kwek. 

Mottled brown body 



Hen 



Blue speculum 
bordered with 
white 




7 

Orange bill 



Blue speculum 
bordered with 
white 



Drake 



:- 



Iridescent 
green head 




American Black Duck ■ 1 in the daily bag 

Male and female black ducks are similar in size, flight, voice and coloration to mallard 
hens. To avoid confusion, look for the white underwing and the green-tinted bill. 



Drake 




Dark body 
contrasts with 



white underwing 

,_^-- Green-tinted bill 



** 



Northern Pintail ■ 2 in the daily bag 

These slender ducks fly fast and often zigzag from great heights before leveling 
off to land. They may be seen in flocks with mallards. Drakes whistle; hens give a 
coarse quack. 

long, slender ^ Vy^ 

/white neck I^^V^ 




long, 

pointed 

wings 



t 



>r 



n 



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For more duck identification information, visit www.flyways.us. 



Gadwall ■ 6 in the daily bag 

These early migrants fly in small, compact flocks. They are the only dabbling duck with 
a white speculum. Note, however, that wigeon drakes have white shoulder patches. 



gray body 




brown body 



white speculum ^£3 



Drake 






American Wigeon ■ 6 in the daily bag 

The green eyestripe and white belly and shoulder patch helps identify wigeon drakes. 
Hens are generally brown. Both sexes have stubby bills and slightly pointed tails. 



Hen jat&m* 

/'■■', 

slightly &B 
pointed 



Drake 



stubby 
bill 



tail 






white 

shoulder 

patch 



white belly 



Wood Duck ■ 3 in the daily bag 

The drake wood duck is Missouri's most colorful duck. While flying, their wings make a 
rustling, swishing sound. Drakes call hoo-w-ett, often in flight; hens give a wailing 
cr-r-ekk when frightened. 



Drake 


_^^ 


blocky head 

/ 


long 
square tail 




^1 






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Duck Identification 



Northern Shoveler ■ 6 in the daily bag 

The large spoon-shaped bill helps identify this duck. Shovelers often form mixed flocks 
with blue-winged teal. Both species have pale-blue shoulder patches, but shovelers are 
larger. 

large, shovel-shaped bill ^ 



Drake 




pale-blue 
shoulder 
patch 






Blue-Winged Teal ■ 6 in the daily bag 

These swift-flying early migrants are normally far south of Missouri by the time the 
regular waterfowl season opens. However, a few stragglers may show up throughout 
the fall. 



small size 



Drake 




pale-blue 
shoulder patch 



Sr 

7* 



Green-Winged Teal ■ 6 in the daily bag 

Green-winged teal are North America's smallest duck. Their size, rapid flight and 
iridescent-green wing patches help identify these ducks. 



Drake 



iridescent- 
green 
speculum 




Hen 



3 



r> 



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Illustrations from "Ducks at a Distance: A Waterfowl Identification Guide." 
Used with permission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 



Canvasback ■ 1 in the daily bag 

The swiftest of all ducks, the canvasback has a rapid and noisy wingbeat. The bill, 
lighter coloration and large size distinguish this duck from the similar-looking redhead. 



Drake 



Ik 



/ 



X 



^ 



forehead slopes 
to long, black bill 

- \0rrrt 



/ 

large, light-colored body 



Hen 



x 

X 



Redhead ■ 2 in the daily bag 

Redheads are most often confused with canvasbacks, but in flight they also look 
similar to ringnecks and scaup. Note the steep forehead and short, bluish-gray bill. 



Drake 



steep forehead 




smaller than 
canvasback 



bluish-gray bill 



Hen 






Hooded Merganser ■ 2 in the daily bag 

The rapid wing strokes of hooded mergansers give the impression of great speed. 
Mergansers are often seen in pairs or very small flocks. 



Drake 



white on trailing 
edge of wing 



thin white crest 
on drake 




pointed bill 



■* 



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Duck Identification 



Ring-Necked Duck (Ringneck) ■ 6 in the daily bag 

This diver can be easily confused with scaup and redheads. In flight, the dark wings of 
ringnecks are different from the white-edged wings of scaup. The bold white ring at 
the tip of the bill is usually conspicuous. 



Drake 

dark wings 
without 
white edges 




black head 




bold white 
ring at tip 
of bill 



/ 






Greater and Lesser Scaup ■ 4 in the daily bag 

Except for the wings, greater and lesser scaup appear almost identical in the field. The 
white band near the trailing edges of the wings runs almost to the wing tip in greater 
scaup, but only halfway in the lesser. Do not confuse scaup with the similar-looking 
ring-necked duck. 



black 



Drake 



white-edged 
wings 




Hen 

white at the 
base of the bill 






Trumpeter Swan 



Trumpeter swans are protected by federal and state laws and may not be shot! 

Trumpeter swans are twice the size of Canada geese and four times the size of 
snow geese. Note: Young swans are gray. 



large size 



white wing 
and body 



white wingtips 




long white neck 

\ 



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Goose Identification 



Canada Goose ■ 3 in the daily bag 



Canada geese are often 
called "honkers" because 
of their distinctive call. 
The black head and neck, 
white cheek patch and 
brownish-gray body are 
distinctive. 




black head, bill and neck 



brownish- 
gray body 



white 
cheek 
patch 



Snow Goose and Ross's Goose ■ 20 in the daily bag 

Snow geese have two color phases: white and blue. Ross's geese appear nearly 
identical to snow geese, but have a shorter bill with no "grin patch." 



Blue phase 



white 
head 
and 
neck 




brown back 



breast color 
varies from dark 
gray to white 



White phase 



short white neck 

\ 



/ 



gray bill forms "grin 
patch" where upper 
and lower portions 
meet 



black tips on 
white wings 

/ 




white body 



White-Fronted GoOSe ■ 2 in the daily bag 



White-fronted geese, or "speckle- 
bellies," fly in V-shaped flocks. Their 
call is a laugh-like series of high- 
pitched paired notes. Note: Immature 
white-fronted geese and immature 
snow geese appear similar. Immature 
white-fronted geese have pink bills, 
orange legs and black tails. Immature 
snow geese have gray bills, gray legs 
and white tails. 



pink bill with 
white base — 



brown back 

/ 




white underparts 
with dark patches 



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Director, 
Department of Conservation 

Robert LZiehmer 

The Conservation Commission 

Don C. Bedell 
James T. Blair, IV 
Don R.Johnson 
Becky L. Plattner 

Missouri Department of 

Conservation 

PO Box 180 

Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180 

573-751-4115 

mdc.mo.gov 

Equal opportunity to participate 
in and benefit from programs 
of the Missouri Department of 
Conservation is available to all 
individuals without regard to their 
race, color, national origin, sex, 
age or disability. Questions should 
be directed to the Department of 
Conservation, PO Box 180, Jefferson 
City, MO 65102, 573-751-4115 
(voice) or 800-735-2966 (TTY), or 
to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
Division of Federal Assistance, 4401 
N. Fairfax Drive, Mail Stop: MBSP- 
4020, Arlington, VA 22203. 



Contact Information 




Central Region 

3500 East Gans Road 
Columbia, MO 65201 
573-815-7900 

Kansas City Region 

12405 SERanson Road 
Lee's Summit, MO 64082 
816-622-0900 

Northeast Region 

3500 S. Baltimore 
Kirksville, MO 63501 
660-785-2420 

Northwest Region 

701 James McCarthy Drive 
St. Joseph, MO 64507 
816-271-3100 



Ozark Region 

551 Joe Jones Blvd. 
West Plains, MO 65775 
417-256-7161 

Southeast Region 

2302 County Park Drive 
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 
573-290-5730 

Southwest Region 

2630 N. Mayfair 
Springfield, MO 65803 
417-895-6880 

St. Louis Region 

2360 Highway D 
St. Charles, MO 63304 
636-441-4554 



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Sunrise and Sunset at Jefferson City, Mo. 

Central Standard Time 





OCT. 2012 


NOV. 201 2 


DEC. 2012 


JAN. 


2013 


Rise Set 


Rise Set 


Rise Set 


Rise 


Set 


DAY 


A.M. P.M. 


A.M. P.M. 


A.M. P.M. 


A.M. 


P.M. 


1 


7:05 6:51 


7:36 6:08 


7:08 4:48 


7:26 


4:59 


2 


7:06 6:49 


7:37 6:07 


7:09 4:48 


7:27 


5:00 


3 


7:07 6:48 


7:38 6:06 


7:10 4:48 


7:27 


5:00 


4 


7:08 6:46 


6:39 5:05 


7:1 1 4:47 


7:27 


5:01 


5 


7:09 6:45 


6:40 5:04 


7:12 4:47 


7:27 


5:02 


6 


7:10 6:43 


6:41 5:03 


7:12 4:47 


7:27 


5:03 


7 


7:11 6:42 


6:42 5:02 


7:13 4:47 


7:27 


5:04 


8 


7:12 6:40 


6:44 5:01 


7:14 4:47 


7:27 


5:05 


9 


7:12 6:39 


6:45 5:00 


7:15 4:48 


7:26 


5:06 


10 


7:13 6:37 


6:46 4:59 


7:16 4:48 


7:26 


5:07 


11 


7:14 6:36 


6:47 4:58 


7:17 4:48 


7:26 


5:08 


12 


7:15 6:34 


6:48 4:58 


7:17 4:48 


7:26 


5:09 


13 


7:16 6:33 


6:49 4:57 


7:18 4:48 


7:25 


5:10 


14 


7:17 6:31 


6:50 4:56 


7:19 4:49 


7:25 


5:11 


15 


7:18 6:30 


6:51 4:55 


7:19 4:49 


7:25 


5:12 


16 


7:19 6:28 


6:52 4:55 


7:20 4:49 


7:24 


5:13 


17 


7:20 6:27 


6:53 4:54 


7:21 4:50 


7:24 


5:14 


18 


7:21 6:26 


6:55 4:53 


7:21 4:50 


7:24 


5:15 


19 


7:22 6:24 


6:56 4:53 


7:22 4:50 


7:23 


5:16 


20 


7:23 6:23 


6:57 4:52 


7:22 4:51 


7:23 


5:18 


21 


7:24 6:22 


6:58 4:52 


7:23 4:51 


7:22 


5:19 


22 


7:25 6:20 


6:59 4:51 


7:23 4:52 


7:21 


5:20 


23 


7:26 6:19 


7:00 4:51 


7:24 4:52 


7:21 


5:21 


24 


7:27 6:18 


7:01 4:50 


7:24 4:53 


7:20 


5:22 


25 


7:29 6:16 


7:02 4:50 


7:25 4:54 


7:20 


5:23 


26 


7:30 6:15 


7:03 4:49 


7:25 4:54 


7:19 


5:24 


27 


7:31 6:14 


7:04 4:49 


7:25 4:55 


7:18 


5:25 


28 


7:32 6:13 


7:05 4:49 


7:26 4:56 


7:17 


5:27 


29 


7:33 6:12 


7:06 4:48 


7:26 4:56 


7:17 


5:28 


30 


7:34 6:10 


7:07 4:48 


7:26 4:57 


7:16 


5:29 


31 


7:35 6:09 




7:26 4:58 


7:15 


5:30 


This table is for Jeffersc 
For locations east, subt 
locations west, add one 
to Nov. 3 have been cor 
sunset times anywhere 
www.usno.navy.mil/U! 


n City and points or 
ract one minute for 
minute for each 13.5 
werted to daylight s 
n the United States, \ 
SNO/astronomical-a 


i the same longitud 
each 13.5 miles of i 
> miles. Sunrise and 
aving time.Tocalcu 
/isit the U.S. Naval O 
pplications. 


e north and south, 
nrline distance. For 
sunset from Oct. 1 
ate the sunrise and 
oservatory website: 



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2012-2013 Waterfowl Seasons 


Zone 


Youth 
Hunt 


Ducks and 
Coots 


Canada Geese 
and Brant 


White- 
fronted 
Geese 


Light Geese 

(snow, blue, 

Ross's)* 


North 


Oct. 20-21 


Oct. 27- 
Dec. 25 


Oct. 6-14 

and 

Nov.22-Jan.31 


Nov. 22- 
Jan.31 


Oct. 27- 
Jan.31 


Middle 


Oct. 27-28 


Nov. 3- 
Jan. 1 


South 


Nov. 17-18 


Nov. 22- 
Jan.20 


*The Light Goose Conservation Order will be in effect from Feb. 1 through 

April 30, 2013, with no bag limit. Hunters may use electronic calls and unplugged 
shotguns, and shoot from 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset. 
A Conservation Order Permit is the only permit required, unless exempt. 
See Page 1 3 for details. 



ShOOting Hours 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset 

Daily Bag Limits 

(See Page 12 for possession limits.) 



Coot Bag Limit 

15 coots daily 

Duck Bag Limit 

6 ducks daily with species 
restrictions of: 
4 mallards 

(no more than 2 females) 
New! 4 scaup 
3 wood ducks 
2 redheads 
2 hooded mergansers 

2 pintail 
1 canvasback 
1 black duck 

1 mottled duck 

Goose Bag Limits 

20 light geese 

3 Canada geese 

2 white-fronted geese 
1 brant 




For permit information, see pages 10-13. 



E00604 9/2012 



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